Professor Pei-heng Yan presented a gift of original calligraphy to the Binghamton University Libraries on June 11, 2013. Yan is a Professor of English and Chinese Calligraphist at the North West University of Nationalities (NWUN) in Lanzhou, China.
Yan’s art was cultivated in his childhood, mainly by his father Xin-tian Yan, who was a calligraphist in Northwestern China and who was a close friend of You-ren Yu, a famous Chinese calligraphist. Growing up under the tradition of Chinese aesthetics, philosophy and culture, Yan was trained by the academic calligraphers Chong-zhao Zhang, Yu-zhai Zhao and Ju-chuan He. He also taught himself different styles and eventually became one of the rare calligraphists who can make four styles of ancient Chinese calligraphy: Zhen, Cao, Li and Zhuan.
Prof. Yan’s gift will be housed in the Special Collections which are located on the second floor of the Glenn G. Bartle Library.